- Britain moves to ban Pakistani Taliban
LONDON – Britain has moved to ban the Pakistani Taliban as a terrorist group, making it illegal to belong to or raise funds for the organisation in Britain, the government said on Tuesday.
- Zardari seeks UN help in curbing extremism
ABU DHABI — Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday made a passionate plea to the UN to work out special plans for promoting cultural and religious harmony across faiths and geographical divides the world over.
- Iran bans production of Valentine’s Day gifts
TEHRAN – Iran has banned the production of Valentine’s Day gifts and any promotion of the day celebrating romantic love to combat what it sees as a spread of Western culture, Iranian media reported.
- Spanish court suspends town’s burka ban
A SPANISH court suspended a town’s ban on wearing the burqa following protests from a Muslim rights association.
- Iraq’s security berated after 52 die in bombing
BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber killed 52 people among a crowd of police recruits in Saddam Hussein’s hometown Tuesday, shattering a two-month lull in major attacks and spurring calls to keep the U.S. military in Iraq beyond 2011.
- Jordan opposition demands parliament dissolution
AMMAN — Jordan’s main opposition Islamic Action Front demanded on Tuesday the dissolution of parliament and removal of Samir Rifai’s government on allegations of “fraud” in November elections.
- Tunisia’s new government in trouble
Within a day of forming a “unity government”, four ministers resign and the PM and president quit the ruling party.
- Pakistan: Strong earthquake hits south-west
A strong earthquake measuring 7.2 has hit south-western Pakistan, in a desert area bordering Iran and Afghanistan, the US Geological Survey says.
- Arab leaders pledge $2B to revamp economies
Arab leaders are pledging $2 billion to revamp the faltering economies in the region amid fears of protests over high unemployment, rising prices and rampant corruption.